British-based professor and author Ted Malloch, who is rumoured to be Donald Trump’s top choice for his Brussels-based ambassador, has been challenged over a number of details in his autobiography by remain supporters.
Now the American professor at Henley Business School has hit back at his critics, saying it was akin to an “assassination attempt” against him.
Mr Malloch said: “They are trying to get at Trump by launching a hit on me, by trying to discredit me because they think that will kill off my chance of becoming the next US ambassador to the EU.
Donald Trump's EU envoy, Ted Malloch, hit back at his critics
“They want to see someone in place who is going to be more pro-EU but that is not going to happen. If anything it is only going to harden Trump’s position – it is a dangerous game they are playing.”
According to sources, the EU’s ambassador to the US went into the American State Department last week to demand that Mr Malloch’s appointment be blocked.
However it is understood he was told in no uncertain terms that his views on the matter were unwelcome.
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Several critics have challenged Mr Malloch over his CV
They are trying to get at Trump by launching a hit on me, by trying to discredit me because they think that will kill off my chance of becoming the next US ambassador to the EU
The meeting took place just days after the leaders of the European Parliament’s main political parties wrote to the EU demanding that Mr Malloch’s appointment be rejected.
Manfred Weber, leader of the centre-right EPP, and Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the liberal ALDE group, accused Mr Malloch of “outrageous malevolence” towards the EU.
An article in the Financial Times has accused Mr Malloch of making a series of claims in his autobiography that were “misleading or are contradicted by available evidence”.
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The professor likened the criticism to an 'assassination attempt'
In his memoir he claimed that Margaret Thatcher described him as a “genius” and “global sherpa” at the start of a speech at a conference in 1992.
A video of the same speech by Thatcher appears to contain no reference to Mr Malloch, however, and does not use the terms “genius” or “global sherpa” during it.
Mr Malloch said that it was a “partial video” and insisted that she had made the comment.
The Financial Times accused Mr Malloch of embellishing facts
An associate of Mr Malloch, the author Skip Weitzen, agreed.
He also wrote in the book that he was “made a laird by Lord Lyon of Scotland and given a personal coat of arms with a fancy Latin inscription”.